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UNESCO workshop at 5th World Conference of Science Journalists

16-04-2007 (Paris)
UNESCO workshop at 5th World Conference of Science Journalists
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More than 450 journalists and writers from around the globe will meet in Melbourne, Australia, from 16 April to 20 April for the 5th World Conference of Science Journalists. UNESCO is sponsoring a workshop on education and training.
The UNESCO workshop is being held on the first day of the Conference to discuss the training, mentoring and support needs of science journalists in developing countries. It will also review the initial results of a UNESCO project to develop a generic science journalism course and share the experiences of teachers around the world.

Abdul Waheed Khan, UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, in his message to the Conference stresses the challenges of science reporting and the importance of improving the standards of science writing and science communication education. "One of the central issues of today's world", he says, "is the creation, sharing, acquisition and use of knowledge and, more specifically, of scientific knowledge."

For UNESCO, the challenge of building knowledge societies is about bridging the gaps and overcoming exclusion and inequity. Media and science journalists have a special role to play in developing and expanding science literacy in all cultures and all sectors of society.

In order to empower journalists to play this role, UNESCO is closely engaged in capacity-building. Its strategy is to establish collaborative partnerships and to support the development of professional training centers at national or regional levels, to develop and produce training materials online and offline, and to promote high professional standards for journalists and media workers.

Organized by the World Federation of Science Journalists the Conference will bring together journalists from more than 50 countries to discuss key issues in the reporting of science in all forms of media at local and global levels. Among the issues to be covered in more than 40 sessions, are the following:
  • corruption of science by politics;
  • challenges of reporting on disease outbreaks;
  • re-emergence of the nuclear debate;
    climate change;
  • the culture clash between science, media and business;
  • reporting of sensitive issues like mental health and
    suicide; etc.
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